Bon Jovi at IJsselhal, Zwolle, The Netherlands – 4th of November 1984
In the early days of Bon Jovi, singer John Francis Bongiovi (aka: Jon Bon Jovi) was approached by one of the screenwriters from “Fame” to star in a new kind of “musical” movie called “Footloose”. At the same time, Jon was also contacted by the record company with the proposal if he, besides acting in it, did not want to contribute a song for the soundtrack. Because during that period his song “Runaway” was very popular on the radio and received a lot of airplay. So there was major interest from both sides. His band Bon Jovi had only been together for a month and got invited by the film and record company for a rehearsal.... and after a lots and lots of strong negotiations the group went finally into the recording stage. It actually came down to the fact that they couldn't find anyone who could dance.
The film studio were also considering changing the storyline to something more about a kid who wanted to be a rock & roll star. Jon Bon Jovi agreed with this new idea and went to the Paramount Pictures office to read the final version of the script. After reading it.......he decided he wouldn’t take it further mainly because of the changed storyline.... which as everyone knows, is legendary! Jon commented that he didn’t want to pretend to be anything other than a singer. As he was out of the picture, the movie went ahead as planned and became one of the most successful movies of all time, starring Kevin Bacon.
Bon Jovi had the honour to support Kiss during their European tour and also visited the IJsselhal in Zwolle. The band was hungry for the stage and everything was well put together. From the specially rehearsed passes, to the sophisticated setlist which was well balanced between the heavier rock sounds to the radio-friendly songs. A huge plus for the band was guitarist Richie Sambora, who transformed some of their more commercial songs into meaningful songs with stronger sounds.